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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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    Wendy

    How is it that the Amish are allowed to live on Indian land? Did they have to get permission from the tribe to move there?

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      Kevin

      Super question, Wendy! I will explain more sometime, but this goes back deep into tribal history and broken treaties with the US government….there’s a lot of bitterness. At some point the Homestead Act allowed non-Natives to buy up gobs of Tribal land…long after that act was repealed there is still a lot of land in non-Tribal hands, and that is who the Amish bought the land from in the first place…that is the short answer!

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    Leslieanne

    What is the difference between old and new order Amish?

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      Kevin

      Leslie – Thanks for stopping by! The New Order Amish are not, as the name might suggest, necessarily more liberal than the Old Order. Both orders use horse and buggy, practice home worship, and don’t have electric. One of the biggest differences I find is that the New Order are more evangelical than the Old Order. They’ll also hold Sunday school and Bible study, whereas the Old Orders won’t…and there are more wholesome and organized youth activities, such as camping outings, etc…Those are some of the key differences, you couldn’t generally tell the difference in New Order and Old by appearance alone – Kevin

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    Helen Christensen

    What a beautiful pictures with flat land and then the mountain. Bet it’s beautiful if you seen it in person.

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    Joseph P. Goodwin

    Kevin–

    I’m a bit confused (and a lot curious).

    Are the two communities you mention Rexford and St. Ignatius? Or is St. Ignatius the region? And if St. Ignatius is one of the communities, was the name pre-existing? If not, is it unusual for Amish communities to use the names of Catholic saints?

    –Joe

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      Kevin

      Hi, Joe – the two names are communities. For the Amish they really are merely postal addresses…St. Ignatius had been around long before the Amish arrived…pretty common for Catholic missionaries to operated on Native lands, so the name is attached to that history, the Amish just moved there and claim it as their address.- Kevin

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